You can download a PDF copy of the slides from Ellis’ presentation last week at the “Build your Docs career: All-Day Event, in partnership with GDS”. Here’s the link:
The presentations were recorded, and they will be available in the next week or two.
We also covered this topic in Episode 34 of the Cherryleaf Podcast.
There were a lot of nice comments on Twitter about this topic.
Recruiting a technical writer is not like standard recruitment. Fewer writers, but many *many* different job titles. Recruiters often completely unfamiliar with tech writing. Tendency to auto-filter by keyword – which is a big problem. #writethedocs
— Adrian Warman (@warmana) June 5, 2018
— Kristof Van Tomme (@kvantomme) June 5, 2018
— foleynotrose (@foleynotrose) June 5, 2018
We are thinking of producing an interview pack, sharing what we know about selecting and recruiting the best Technical Authors, Technical Writers, UI Writers and UX Writers. Inside, you’d find useful tools and information, such as:
- Writing tests (with marking guidance)
- The option of an independent assessment of the work
- Proofreading/editing test
- Job competency framework
- Sample job descriptions
- Current salary data
- A framework for making an objective assessment of any writing samples
- Advice on questions to ask
If you are interested, send us a message.